Truex Jr. Shakes Off The Monkey In Sonoma
The first-time road course winner pulled it off in dominant style. “I just can’t put it all into words. Everyone on my team helped. We’ve got some great cars,” Truex said. That win putTruex in tenth place overall in the Sprint Cup point standings.
Jeff Gordon, who finished second, said,”We planned a three-stop strategy, and we finally got a good lead and had a lot of fun. At the same time I knew that we couldn’t catch Truex. Second place here is a good finish for me.”
Fourth-place finisher Kurt Busch remarked, “We were very fast even on pit road and made that mistake the first time. Congratulations to Truex! I did make some big mistakes, but we still got fourth though.”
It wasn’t a very good day for Kyle Busch, according to Bob Dilner. ”Kyle Busch had a frustrated day. He’s much stronger on the 1 1/2 mile tracks.” The same fate befell Denny Hamlin who hit the wall. Another driver with problems was Juan Montoya who had this to say: “It’s a heartbreak as I had problems on the long and short runs. It was a tough day.” The worst of them for him was running out of gas. From this point, it’s only 10 more races to The Chase with Jimmie Johnson still in the lead followed by another consistent driver Carl Edwards who is just -25 points behind.
SPEED’s Dilner also wants to see a road course in The Chase. Some drivers who don’t excel on the road courses think otherwise. Our sense is that it would be a very controversial change filled with a lot of mixed opinions and wouldn’t be popular in the garage. Kentucky is next for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
In the Nationwide Series at Sonoma, AJ Almindinger won that one, giving him his first NASCAR victory. Regan Smith is the point leader in that series.
Checking the rest of the busy weekend for motorsports - Canadian James Hinchfliffe won the IZOD Indy Car race at Iowa as Hilio Castroneves still holds onto the point lead with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti the top three. James is strong road racer and said this, “That car was so good. It wasn’t that way on Saturday, and the crew must of done a lot of the right changes. Our pit stops were also good. The thing about this track is that you have to be aggressive. And that’s a lot of work. I’m just worn out with blisters on both hands.” A return to Pocono is next for that Indy Car crowd.
The 24 Hours of LeMans, the 81st one, saw the 12th overall victory for Audi which was led by Alan McNish Team. Unfortunately, Alan Simonsen was killed in the early part of that twice around the clock grind.
At the inaugural NHRA Mello Yello National at New England Dragway in Epping, NH, Spencer Massey defeated Shaun Langden in Top Fuel while Courtney Force gave her dad John Force a driving lesson the the Finals. Alan Johnson won the Pro Stock when he defeated Shane Gray in that one. Rookie Jon Hall won the Pro Bike P8 Class.
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